April 12, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Senior Jeremy Strawn threw his best career game on Saturday, a complete-game, three-hit shutout as the Florida Atlantic University baseball team defeated Charlotte 8-0.
Strawn faced the minimum three batters in each of the first seven innings of the game and allowed only one runner to reach third base while he struck out six Charlotte batters.
The Owls (19-15, 7-10 C-USA) win the series and will look to complete the sweep on Sunday with a noon first pitch at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
FAU got on the board early on consecutive singles by Stephen Kerr and Mitch Morales. Brendon Sanger then followed up his walkoff performance in last night's game with an RBI double to give the Owls a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Morales was hit by a pitch to lead off the third and came in to score on Ricky Santiago's team-high tenth double of the season. Tyler Rocklein stepped to the plate and hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to right, to put the Owls on top 5-0.
Sanger led off the seventh inning with his third hit of the game and, after a Santiago single, came in to score on an RBI double by Rocklein to end the scoring at 8-0.
Charlotte had multiple runners reach base in only the eighth inning on a single and a double, but Strawn retired the last two batters to end the threat.
Rocklein went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored while Sanger was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run. All nine starters reached base, and eight had hits, within the first five innings.
FAU looks for its first C-USA series sweep on Sunday. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS. Free audio will be available on FAUSports.com with Brandon Goodwin calling the play-by-play.